Fuel availability at Tom Price

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 18:05
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Fuel at Tom Price is consistently running out again. Thought I would bring this to your attention if you plan on travelling throughout to Karajini or Millstream don't count on being able to fuel up here. I believe Newman is also having intermittent problems.

Karratha WA

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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 18:09

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 18:09
joking or serious ????? have lived in TP and there aint no way that it could run out of fuel, well should not anyway...
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 20:30

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 20:30
Absolutely serious, it's been happening every tourist season for at least the past four years.

Check out pilbaraecho.com.au - it was their lead story this week and also on the GWN news.

People can find themselves having to stay put until the next delivery which can be days.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 07:56

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 07:56
Yep there were shortages at TP in 2009 when I was there as welll....only for a day or two mind you but Paraburdoo had plenty so took the trip over there to shop and fill up.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 22:49

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 22:49
i guess it is bigger now and it probally has some of the factors talked about below affecting it so is possible................ but i still dont get it, they have a good market, sealed access from all major centers and no reason at all for not having a good cash flow, mind you i did see a house with a price tag of 3/4 mil on it in TP, maybe it is getting to expensive to operate there ........
who knows eh
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Reply By: The_Chad - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 21:29

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 21:29
Yeah I remember this happening in 07/08 when I was living up that way, would happen in Tom Price and Paraburdoo - they're both Shell servos. I don't remember there being a problem down in Newman during that time. The story going around at the time was the mines at Tom Price and Paraburdoo switched from Shell fuel to something else, so Shell were delivering less regularly to the town servo's as a result. Whether that was true, don't know.
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Follow Up By: Diesel 'n Dust - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 22:28

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 22:28

I thought that the Rio Tinto mines in the Tom Price/ Paraburdoo area would have their diesel trained to site from Karratha just like BHP and FMG do from Port Hedland. Effecient and cost effective way of transport diesel. And on average the rail isn't affected by floods.

Capricorn would never run out of fuel as it's only a 4/5 hour triple tanker drive from the bulk terminal at Port Hedland.

And I hear that Auski gets it's fuel from Perth!!! Again it's only a 2/3 hour drive from the Port Hedland terminal.

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Follow Up By: The_Chad - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 22:41

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 22:41

Yeah, that's where I understood the issue arose. The Rio mines in those towns had the fuel in by train but they ceased supplying the servo's, so the servo's had to have it trucked in which lead to the shortage of supply.

By the way, the BHP mine I worked at between Port and Newman didn't get its fuel by train, numerous triple fuel tankers arrived each day to keep the machines running. Train lines were for ore only.
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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 21:49
Image Could Not Be FoundG'day Ian & Sue

Tom Price's ~ only fuel outlet (service station) has over the last several seasons "run out" of fuel around this time of the year.

Apparently there is disagreement between the fuel supplier and the retailer and the supermarket chain that controls it all ~ yep, heard it on the ABC radio.

I'm not sure where the fuel information regarding Newman was gleaned from, but I'll have to shatter that belief ~ both servo's in Newman are open (during trading hours) and there have not been any problems intermittent or other wise ~ the Capricorn Roadhouse ~ south of Newman is also trading non stop as it is a 24/7 operation. The only drama at the Cappy is trying to squeeze in at the bowsers when the super heavy haulage trucks are fueling up.

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Reply By: snoopyone - Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 07:21

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 07:21
Well in 2009 after filling up at Tom Price I was amazed to find the back of the car and front of van coverd in black soot.
Could have only been fuel at last fill as it hadnt done it before and after the next full fill never did it again.

Was a Shell servo.
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